SYRCL is asking the Army Corps of Engineers to help threatened salmon reach their spawning grounds by cleaning the fish ladders at Daguerre Point Dam. We offer context to our request by outlining some of the history of the dam.
We are well into another year of a drought here in Nevada County and the threatened Chinook salmon are in danger. This piece explores the current state of affairs as well as the consequences of inaction.
SYRCL and Friends of the River recently sent a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service to compel the agency to craft a watershed-wide solution to save the threatened species native to the Yuba Watershed, including Spring-run Chinook salmon, steelhead trout, and green sturgeon. The letter demands a new biological opinion, presenting compelling evidence that harm caused by the Corps’ dams, compounded by increased harm from climate change, is responsible for the dramatic decrease in Yuba River fish populations. Details
The Army Corps is the only entity with the authority to address their infrastructure–namely Englebright Dam and Daguerre Point Dam–which are the two most obvious impediments to fish and volitional passage in the entire Yuba River watershed. Not addressing this in their feasibility study is unacceptable. Details
ATTEND the Van Norden Dam Spillway Modification Project Public Scoping Meeting on Wednesday, February 21.
COMMENT on the Army Corps Feasibility Report & Environmental Assessment for the Yuba River by Friday, February 23. Details
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft Feasibility Report & Environmental Assessment for the Yuba River. This interim study, which is now out for public review and comment (through February 23), presents a variety of actions and alternatives for restoring the Yuba River. Yet, in its suite of suggestions, it discounts the removal of Englebright and Daguerre Point Dams as fish passage options for the Yuba. Details
How much do you think returning salmon to the Lower Yuba River is worth? SYRCL worked with five graduate students from the UC Santa Barbara School Bren School of Environmental Science and Management to answer that question. Learn more…
Over 1700 supporters of wild Yuba Salmon and steelhead have written Governor Brown since SYRCL launched its “Fish Don’t Drive” letter writing campaign last month. It’s not too late for the Governor to hear from YOU too! It’s easy: Just click on this link now. We all know that wild salmon and steelhead trout are read more >>
We all know that wild salmon and steelhead trout are in jeopardy of extinction. Some people say that the only way to save wild salmon is to drive them in gas-guzzling trucks around the dams that block these fish from reaching miles of historic spawning habitat. SYRCL says, “Fish don’t drive. Yuba salmon and steelhead read more >>
Imagine hundreds of millions of tax-payer dollars spent on huge, belching trucks full of salmon, traversing the twisting roads of the Yuba River corridor. This could happen in 20 years, because a short-sighted proposal is gaining traction in California. It recommends trapping and trucking salmon around dams to bring them to the North Yuba River. read more >>